Hair Mishap? Studio Gabriella has you covered!
Playing Hairstylist Can Be Tempting…
And devastating when it comes to the quality of your hair. A trip to the salon is worth the price compared to the major headache and heartache that comes with trying to do your own hair. Check out below the three most common at home hair mishaps and how you can fix them.
A brief history of my personal experiences…
I have been in your shoes. Box dye was my best friend all throughout high school and college. I’ve even experimented with numerous hair color removers, boxed bleaches, and even henna. I’ve chopped at my curly hair when it was straight and only realized how big of a disaster it was once it was washed and dried curly again. I’ve learned a couple of lessons along my hair journey and they are important for everyone who loves experimenting with their hair like I do. First lesson, don’t be afraid to go to a professional for help. In fact, make that your first priority when you have conducted an experiment gone wrong. Second lesson, not everything can be fixed. Third lesson, your hair will grow back. So, if you’re mid hair mishap, feel free to read on or call Studio Gabriella now: 225-283-3003.
Situation #1: Box Dye
First off, let me set the stage for you. My hair is naturally a medium golden brown. One day, my sister decided that she was going to try out a “dirty blonde” color on me that appeared to be around two shades lighter than my natural color, according to the pretty lady’s hair color on the box. We rushed home, eager to start my make over. My sister applied the color to my hair, set a timer for me, and left to go for a quick run. Now. Let me tell you. When that timer went off and I had showered all those nasty chemicals out of my hair and wiped the steam from the mirror to get a glimpse at my new sandy colored locks, I was in for a surprise. My hair was NOT sandy. Oh no. It was a very, very light orange. Definitely not the color on the box and naturally, my mother freaked out on the both of us. Now, the smart thing to do here would be to visit your hair dresser to let her assess the damage you so willingly dolled out on your hair. But no, I just went to the store and picked up a box of medium brown color and went through the whole process again. Once again, my hair color was at least two shades darker than the box had promised. My mother was furious. But not to worry, even though it was a permanent color, it washed out in about two weeks and I was left with a ruddy orange brown color.
It has taken me years to get to a color that I actually like and that will not fade to a ruddy orange. Now, I will tell you how to do this.
If you have accidentally gone darker than you wanted…
There are a few options available to you when you have gone darker than you wanted to go and each option comes with varying degrees of further damaging your hair. These fading options can get you to the level of color you want or can get your hair light enough to be fixed by a salon professional.
The options that I have used on my hair to lift black from my hair are:
– baby shampoo or dish soap
-the Vitamin C method
-the Baking Soda method
-A salon visit
Baby Shampoo, Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, Clarifying Shampoo, or Dish Soap
This method works best on freshly dyed hair or hair that has been colored with a semi or demi permanent color. This is the least damaging method, but it can by drying, so I recommend using a deeply moisturizing conditioner and leaving it on your hair for 5 to 10 minutes.
-As if you are shampooing your hair normally, substitute your shampoo for baby shampoo, an anti-dandruff shampoo, clarifying shampoo, or dish soap.
-After applying your choice of shampoo or soap, take 2 inch sections of hair and scrub the section of hair between your hands.
-Wash out the shampoo or soap and repeat the above step as many times as you like.
-Finish up with a good conditioner.
The Vitamin C Method
The vitamin c method is the next least damaging option. The idea behind using Vitamin C to remove or fade unwanted color from your hair is that the Ascorbic acid in the vitamin C penetrates the hair shaft and oxidizes the color so that the color will fade or partially wash out.
-Get at least 500mg Vitamin C (non chewable) and crush at least 15 (use more for color that has been in your hair a while or color with multiple applications on top or for longer hair) with the back of a spoon or in a food processor until it reaches a powder consistency.
-Choose if you would like to mix the powder with dish soap, shampoo, conditioner, or oil. Dish soap will be more drying, so I would recommend this for normal, not very damaged or dry hair or for hair that has multiple layers of color. Oil (coconut or olive) and conditioner are best for hair that is very dry or damaged. I would recommend using shampoo for any hair type.
-After mixing the powder with your choice of shampoo, dish soap, conditioner, or oil, apply it to your hair. If you have multiple layers of color, start at the bottom and work your way to the top. Otherwise, start from the roots to the tips.
-Put your hair in a plastic shampoo cap and let the mixture sit on your hair. The mixture works best anywhere from 2 hours to overnight.
-After you have waited as long as you would like, shampoo your hair like normal and either use a deeply moisturizing conditioner or let your conditioner sit in your hair 5 to 10 minutes.
This method should lighten your hair at least one to two shades. You can modify the mixture slightly by adding lemon juice or baking soda for more of a fading effect. This method will work on permanent color, but works best on semi and demi permanent colors.
The Baking Soda Method
The baking soda method is more damaging than the Vitamin C method, but can be done with ingredients the you probably already have around your house. This method will also work on permanent hair color to fade the color, but works best on semi and demi permanent colors. Use caution with this method! Applying heat to the hair once hydrogen peroxide has been applied to the hair will result in your hair becoming brittle and you will risk pulling a rusty orange ruddy color.
-Mix one to three table spoons of baking soda with one to three table spoons of hydrogen peroxide. The amounts can be varied according to hair length, thickness, and the amount of color that is on your hair.
-You can change up the mixture a little bit by adding in shampoo, dish soap, oil, or lemon juice.
-Apply the mixture to your hair from roots to tips or if you have multiple layers of color on your hair, apply from tips to roots.
-Let the mixture sit in your hair for up to 20 minutes.
-Shampoo your hair like normal and condition with a deeply moisturizing conditioner or let your conditioner sit on your hair for 5 to 10 minutes.
To enhance the fading of hair color with this method, you can use a hair dryer on low to apply heat, but applying a very hot hairdryer or applying heat for longer than 5 minutes is not recommended.
If you have gone lighter than you wanted…
Your best bet is to either let your hair grow out or to visit your salon. There are no “at home remedies” for dealing with hair that has been lightened too much. Your only hope now is your professional stylist. Don’t be tempted by the box color again!
A Salon Visit- a Solution for Lighter or Darker Hair than You Expected
The salon; your savior and your promised land. My visit to the hair salon was the best thing that ever happened to my hair. I’ve paid a visit to the salon to take my hair color from bleached orange to my natural, beautiful brown as well as taking years of black color off of my strands to go back to my natural brown with a beautiful blonde balayage. Now, the easier journey is going from light to dark and can be done in a single visit. Going from a black or dark brown colored hair to a medium brown is not as complicated either and can also be done in one to two visits, depending on your hair’s condition and the amount of color that has built up on your hair. Achieving anything lighter than a brown shade when coming from colored black or dark brown hair is going to take more than one salon visit and possibly even a hair cut depending on your hair’s condition.
What to do when you go to the salon:
-Inform your stylist of ALL chemical processes you hair has gone through in the past 3 years (the longer your hair, the older it is). This means letting your stylist know how many times you’ve box colored your hair, bleached it yourself at home, and any Keratin hair treatments, Brazilian Blowouts, or perms.
-Let your stylist know what your goal is.
-Be prepared to hear what your stylist can realistically do with your hair and how many visits it may take. Be prepared to hear the words “You need a haircut” because, most likely, you will hear them.
-Be happy! Your hair worries are soon to be over and you will have the luscious flowing locks the lady on the box had!
Do I Need to Go to the Salon?
Box vs. Salon Color
You may be wondering why do you need to go to a professional? Well, my dear, if you have found and are reading this page, you should probably already have your answer. Professional stylists have the training to use the chemicals and they know what they are doing. Your stylist will know what level developer is best to use on your hair with the integrity of your hair first and foremost in your stylist’s mind. This is something your box color can’t do. This is why box colors are so harsh on your hair. Box colors are made in a “one size fits all” sense. This means that they formulate the chemicals to work on even the toughest, color resistant hair. Not everybody needs something this strong and this is what makes box color so hard on the majority of people’s hair. Your stylist can determine what will work the best for your hair with the least amount of damage. Now, you might be thinking “Well, Sally’s has…” NO. Leave playing with chemicals to the trained professionals. When used incorrectly, these chemicals can result in scalp irritation, hair breakage, and at least another color mishap. I’m going to say it again because it is very important. Leave playing with the chemicals to the professionals.
What to take away: Leave the hair coloring to the professionals! Only they can give you the luscious locks of your dreams.
Situation #2: At Home Bleach
So you’ve YouTubed “How to Bleach Your Hair at Home” and you got the best powdered bleach Sally’s had to offer and just the right developer for your hair. Or so you thought. What you expected was not what you got and your hair came out looking like Britney Spears circa 2007 instead of Blake Lively 2016. What can you do? There is only one option now. Go to the store and purchase a jar of organic, cold pressed coconut oil. Slather that oil in your hair and call Studio Gabriella ASAP. Confess your hair sins and make an appointment so that your stylist can see what she can do. While you’re there, make sure to pick up a bottle of Pureology’s Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner. Your stylist will let you know what she will be able to do, but be prepared for a haircut. Once your stylist has worked her magic and has done all that she could do, you’ll want to follow these tips for keeping your hair in the best shape possible:
-Shampoo sparingly. By sparingly I mean once every 3 or 4 days. You can do it! If your hair is used to being washed everyday, your hair will be greasy for the first few times you try to stretch out between shampoos, but soon enough your hair will adapt and become less greasy with every week. The reason you should not shampoo your hair every day is that the shampoo strips your hair and scalp of natural healthy oils that condition your hair and scalp and help keep it healthy.
-Invest in a quality shampoo, conditioner, and leave in product. I would recommend Pureology Curl Complete, a gentler formula created for fragile curly hair that will gently cleanse the hair and the matching conditioner will intensely moisturize your strands, Pureology Strength Cure, which will help restore some of your hair’s strength to reduce hair breakage, Pureology Hydrate, which will restore moisture to dry strands, Pureology Precious Oil, which will soften your coarse strands, and Pureology Nano Works. While it was created for aging hair (AKA hair that is beginning to gray and become more porous), it will intensely moisturize extremely dry, brittle hair.
-Do NOT brush your hair while it is wet. Doing so will cause your hair to break. The reason for this is that hair that is already damaged is already weak and when your hair is wet is when it is most fragile. Damaged strands also tend to stretch when they are pulled on and because your hair is already weak, stretching it too far will cause it to break. Detangle knots while you are in the shower and use conditioner to get them out. Finger comb your hair, but avoid brushing, even with wide tooth combs.
-Once a week, do an overnight coconut oil hair mask. Scoop some oil out of the container and warm it between your hands until it becomes a serum-like consistency. Apply the oil from the mid shaft of your hair to the ends, concentrating on applying more on the ends.
-Avoid blowdryers and heat tools, unless it is a dire necessity. If you must use hot tools or the blowdryer, invest in a good heat protectant, such as Pureology’s 21 Benefits, which also doubles as a detangler among numerous other benefits.
What to take away: Never try to bleach your own hair again! Call Studio Gabriella and save yourself the heartache and become the blonde bombshell you intended to be.
Situation #3: DIY Haircut
You’ve reverted back to your childhood, grabbed the kitchen scissors, and went for your hair. Now, you are ashamed and covering up your hack-job with a beanie or, if you’re one of the lucky ones who can pull it off, a fedora! Now is the time to pick up the phone and do what you should have done in the first place, and call Studio Gabriella. Don’t be embarrassed to let your stylist know everything that you did. There are so many people who have done exactly what you did and I myself am one of them. Now that you’ve done the right thing and made your appointment, you need to mentally prepare. Here are some things to think about when going into the salon to correct an at-home haircut:
-Mentally prepare yourself! Your stylist may have to take off a little more than you already have.
-Anything your hairstylist can do will more than likely benefit you and make your hair look better and more blended and even.
-Your hairstylist is your friend, not your foe, and will not let you walk out of her doors looking ridiculous. She will make sure your hair looks its best and that you are satisfied before you leave.
-Your hair will grow back, even though it may seem like it takes forever, your hair will grow back.
Caring For Your New Cut
A quality shampoo and conditioner suited to your hair type will help your hair look and feel its best and Studio Gabriella offers the Pureology line, which is a wonderful line with nine different types of shampoo and conditioner to fit your needs. Styling your new haircut may be a little different than what you are used to and you may feel like you need some styling products to help you achieve the look you are going for. Pureology offers an array of products that will meet your every styling need. You should ask your stylist which products she would recommend to you for the look you are trying to achieve. Always remember to use a heat protectant spray when using a hairdryer, curling iron, or flat iron to protect your hair from damage from the high heat given off by these styling tools. I would recommend Pureology’s 21 Benefits spray which works not only as a heat protectant, but provides you with a multitude of other benefits.
What to Take Away: When you feel the urge to play hairdresser, stop. Drop your scissors and pick up your phone and call Studio Gabriella to book an appointment. You will thank yourself when you walk out the salon with a gorgeous head of hair that is exactly what you want rather than a haircut that was almost what you wanted, but had to be fixed because you did it yourself.